Golf roundup

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The opening day at Tahunga. Picture supplied

Tahunga

TAHUNGA marked a new era at its annual open opening tournament on Saturday.

A field of around 40 competed and another 20 attended the official opening of the club’s newly-renovated clubhouse.

The American foursomes net section was a Tahunga benefit, with all places filled by home-course couples.

Ben and Kylie Johnson won with net 59.

Two twos helped Mickey Grant to 74-11-63 and victory in the men’s net.

Tennant McNeil (39 points) won the stableford, heading off the original “Tahunga thief” Guy Williams.

More on the opening day in tomorrow’s Herald.

SATURDAY — Tahunga open opening day tournament, mixed pairs stableford: B and K Johnson 59, M and T Steele 60, L and M Johnson 60, S and C Ewen 61 on c/b.

Men’s net: M Grant 64.

Men’s stableford: T McNeil 39, G Williams 37.

Approaches: T Lincoln (div 1 men, S Hain (div 2 men), K Green (div 1 women), M Johnson (div 2 women).

Long drives: B Colbert (div 1 men), T Morton (div 2 men), K Green (div 1 women), C Maddoci (div 2 women).

All-in approach: Tim Sherratt.

Twos: B Colbert, G Williams, Tere Lincoln, M Grant 2, K Green/P Cook, Tim Sherratt/S Eriksen.

Gisborne Park

PENNY Shaw and Glen McKinnon combined to win the Lunken Cup mixed pairs on Sunday.

The pair posted 65 to finish 3½ strokes ahead of Ray Taylor and Lil McFlinn.

The Men’s Handicap Cup continues this weekend, with a couple of delectable duels. B Reynolds (Brad not Burt) will be out for a weekend double when he meets Tony File.

Reynolds’ Pirates club cricket side are in the DJ Barry Cup final against the Stars on Saturday.

Zane Boyle has a tough customer in Jack Glassford while the Derek “Red” Craven-Chum Aramakutu match should be a goodie.

Patutahi left-hander Sijtze Mohlmann won the veteran men’s Tuesday stableford last week with 81-16-65, for 44 points. It was back to earth this week — 99-16-83.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Lunken Cup mixed pairs net: G McKinnon/P Shaw 65, R Taylor/L McFlinn 68.5, P Koorey/K McDonald 70, C Palmer/P Johansen 70, B Atkins/F Brown 70.

Long drives: G McKinnon (men), K McDonald (women).

Approaches: B Atkins (men), K McDonald (women).

Tuesday (March 7) — Veteran men’s stableford: S Mohlmann 44, B Cox 42, J Straker 42, W McHugh 39, M Kennedy 39, B Atkins 3, J Rosewarne 39.

Twos: C Brown, P Mitchell, B Atkins.

The Men’s Handicap Cup matchplay is on SUNDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 9.30am: D Craven v C Aramakutu. 9.36: B Reynolds v T File, Z Boyle v J Glassford. 9.42am: C Palmer v T Buckingham, M Emery v J Charles. 9.48am: C Nepe v B Cox, M Hutton v Q Peneha.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, April 16, Electrinet Park Easter tournament, report at 9.30am for 10am shotgun start; Club is running nine-hole competition every SUNDAY, teeing off at 9am, all members welcome.

Poverty Bay

A NEW combination denied a tried and true one to win the Morley Cup mixed pairs title on Sunday.

Thomas Donovan and June MacKinnon posted a two-round net total of 136 to beat former winners Gay Young and Basil Payne by one shot.

The lowest-handicapped pair in the history of the event — Tessa McDonald (3-handicap) and William Brown (1) — were third on 138.

The pair shot 3-under 69 off the stick in round 2, including a hole-in-one to McDonald on the second.

Marg Colebourne and Anne Witters will decide the Hutchinson Cup women’s matchplay title.

Colebourne ousted Gay Young 2 and 1 in the semifinals on Tuesday while Witters went three extra holes before getting past Jan Utting.

Phil Wauchop was the runaway top qualifier in the Reynolds Cup and associated cups medal round on Saturday.

Wauchop carded 100-37-63, including a front nine holes of 44, to be five shots clear of second qualifier John Vaughan.

Lee “Pikey” Hewson made a rare excursion into sub-80 territory to win the division 2 men’s stableford on Sunday with 79-16-63, for 45 points.

Meanwhile, fellow Sunday School member Garth Marchbank’s 77-14-63 was his best round since a 77 in January of 2013.

Marchbank and four-ball partner Allan White were 6-up on Peter Anderson and Paul Rickard at the turn, thanks singlehandedly to Marchbank’s 36 off the stick.

Anderson’s 2-under 70-2-68, for 40 points, wasn’t good enough. He consoled himself with third place in the division 1 stableford behind Dave Pirimona (41pts) on countback from Ken White.

Wednesday — Women’s count 9 pairs stableford: S Spence/L Shepherd 41.

Tuesday — Hutchinson Cup semifinals: M Colebourne def G Young, A Witters def J Utting on the 21st.

Women’s stableford: M Allan 41.

Irish net: J MacKinnon.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: D Pirimona 41, K White 41, P Anderson 40, B Morgan 39.

Division 2: L Hewson 45, C Simpson 43, R Johnstone 40, M Barker 39.

Twos: D Pirimona, B Brown, K White, B Morgan.

Approach: K White.

SATURDAY — Men’s net medal, division 1: G Morley 39, M Jefferson 35.

Division 2: P Wauchop 45, J Vaughan 40, J McGregor 35.

Twos: P Butler.

Approach: A Hayward.

THURSDAY (March 9) — Men’s stableford, division 1: J Vaughan 38, T Sweeney 37, J Osborne 36, B Payne 36.

Division 2: R Owen 38, R Skuse 37, S Willock 37.

Approach: J Vaughan.

The Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust Charity Golf Tournament is at Poverty Bay tomorrow. Report at 12 noon for a 12.30 shotgun start. The draw is — No.1 tee: Old Colonial Catering, Eastland Community Trust.

No.2: Graham and Dobson, You’d Better Believe It.

No.3: Hihi Wines.

No.4: Nolans.

No.5: Gisborne Financial Services 1 and 2.

No.6: The Girs, The Four of Us.

No.7: Gisborne Metal Recyclers.

No.8: Westpac, MTF.

No.9: PGG Wrightsons, Fruitfed.

No.10: Cedenco, Draggnet.

No.11: Gary Bates, BDO.

No.12: Bauldie’s Bandits, BMS.

No.17: Juken Nissho.

No.18: Williams Bros, Pihitia Station.

Late entries will be accepted. Email Kerry@expresspr.co.nz

The first round of the Reynolds and associated cups men’s matchplay is on SATURDAY. The draw is (all from No.1 tee) — Low Bros Cup, 11.45am: A Hayward v N Udy, M Smith v J Rouse. 11.52: B Read v R Young, M Stewart v P Butler.

Willock Cup, 12 noon: N Mackie v V Richardson, A Kirkpatrick v B Payne. 12.07: D Griffin v A Destry, S Palmer v C Poole.

Reynolds Cup, 12.15: P Wauchop v B Rothschild, N West v M Jefferson. 12.22: G Morley v J McGregor, J Vaughan v C Dean.

COMING UP: WEDNESDAYS, twilight nine-hole stableford; TOMORROW, Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust fundraiser; SATURDAY, Reynolds and associated cups men’s matchplay, round 1; TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY, March 21-22, Poverty Bay women’s open, course closed

Tolaga Bay

THE Queen of the Coast will be crowned at Tolaga Bay on Saturday.

The annual women’s open tournament tees off at 10am and this year’s edition will also feature round 2 of the Poverty Bay women’s pennants.

Mark Watts won the stableford on Sunday with 39 points.

SUNDAY — Stableford: M Watts 39, B Elkington 38, W Robinson 35, J Hale 34, P Stevenson 33.

FRIDAY — Twilight stableford: P Stevenson 19, C O’Sullivan 17, R Mackey 16.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, Queen of the Coast women’s open and round 2 of Poverty Bay women’s pennants, 10am tee-off; SUNDAY, course closed, meeting scheduled for Sunday is postponed to SUNDAY, March 26.

Mahia

HUSBAND and wife Peter and Jill Smyth were in winning form in their respective competitions. Jill won the women’s LGU 1 with 73 while Peter won the men’s Aces 1 net with 69 and also topped the Bluck Putting.

SUNDAY — Ladies LGU 1: J Smyth 99-26-73, L Steel 74.

Putting button: L Steel 28 putts.

Men’s Aces 1, net: P Smyth 69, B Crowley 71, T Hema 72.

Bluck putting: P Smyth 24 putts.

Patutahi

IT was not as brilliant as the previous weekend but Wayne Baty produced the winning goods again on Sunday.

Fresh from a personal-best 71, Baty won the men’s net with 75-11-64.

Denise Johnston topped the women’s net with 84-13-71.

Gerry Maude continued the trend of a big points haul taking the honours in the Wednesday meat pack nine-hole stableford last week — 25 got him the main prize.

TUESDAY — Women’s net: L Haisman 99-24-75, M Alley 98-20-78, P Sutton 104-26-78.

SUNDAY — Men’s net: W Baty 75-11-64, H Robin 79-12-67, Sel Pohatu 76-9-67, P Johnston 86-16-70, G Brown 78-8-70.

Women’s net: D Johnston 84-13-71, H Pomana 87-12-75.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford: G Maude 25, T Green 24, S Pohatu 22, T Brodie 22, P Summersby 20.

Tahunga

TAHUNGA marked a new era at its annual open opening tournament on Saturday.

A field of around 40 competed and another 20 attended the official opening of the club’s newly-renovated clubhouse.

The American foursomes net section was a Tahunga benefit, with all places filled by home-course couples.

Ben and Kylie Johnson won with net 59.

Two twos helped Mickey Grant to 74-11-63 and victory in the men’s net.

Tennant McNeil (39 points) won the stableford, heading off the original “Tahunga thief” Guy Williams.

More on the opening day in tomorrow’s Herald.

SATURDAY — Tahunga open opening day tournament, mixed pairs stableford: B and K Johnson 59, M and T Steele 60, L and M Johnson 60, S and C Ewen 61 on c/b.

Men’s net: M Grant 64.

Men’s stableford: T McNeil 39, G Williams 37.

Approaches: T Lincoln (div 1 men, S Hain (div 2 men), K Green (div 1 women), M Johnson (div 2 women).

Long drives: B Colbert (div 1 men), T Morton (div 2 men), K Green (div 1 women), C Maddoci (div 2 women).

All-in approach: Tim Sherratt.

Twos: B Colbert, G Williams, Tere Lincoln, M Grant 2, K Green/P Cook, Tim Sherratt/S Eriksen.

Gisborne Park

PENNY Shaw and Glen McKinnon combined to win the Lunken Cup mixed pairs on Sunday.

The pair posted 65 to finish 3½ strokes ahead of Ray Taylor and Lil McFlinn.

The Men’s Handicap Cup continues this weekend, with a couple of delectable duels. B Reynolds (Brad not Burt) will be out for a weekend double when he meets Tony File.

Reynolds’ Pirates club cricket side are in the DJ Barry Cup final against the Stars on Saturday.

Zane Boyle has a tough customer in Jack Glassford while the Derek “Red” Craven-Chum Aramakutu match should be a goodie.

Patutahi left-hander Sijtze Mohlmann won the veteran men’s Tuesday stableford last week with 81-16-65, for 44 points. It was back to earth this week — 99-16-83.

Electrinet Park results, SUNDAY — Lunken Cup mixed pairs net: G McKinnon/P Shaw 65, R Taylor/L McFlinn 68.5, P Koorey/K McDonald 70, C Palmer/P Johansen 70, B Atkins/F Brown 70.

Long drives: G McKinnon (men), K McDonald (women).

Approaches: B Atkins (men), K McDonald (women).

Tuesday (March 7) — Veteran men’s stableford: S Mohlmann 44, B Cox 42, J Straker 42, W McHugh 39, M Kennedy 39, B Atkins 3, J Rosewarne 39.

Twos: C Brown, P Mitchell, B Atkins.

The Men’s Handicap Cup matchplay is on SUNDAY. The draw is — No.1 tee, 9.30am: D Craven v C Aramakutu. 9.36: B Reynolds v T File, Z Boyle v J Glassford. 9.42am: C Palmer v T Buckingham, M Emery v J Charles. 9.48am: C Nepe v B Cox, M Hutton v Q Peneha.

COMING UP: SUNDAY, April 16, Electrinet Park Easter tournament, report at 9.30am for 10am shotgun start; Club is running nine-hole competition every SUNDAY, teeing off at 9am, all members welcome.

Poverty Bay

A NEW combination denied a tried and true one to win the Morley Cup mixed pairs title on Sunday.

Thomas Donovan and June MacKinnon posted a two-round net total of 136 to beat former winners Gay Young and Basil Payne by one shot.

The lowest-handicapped pair in the history of the event — Tessa McDonald (3-handicap) and William Brown (1) — were third on 138.

The pair shot 3-under 69 off the stick in round 2, including a hole-in-one to McDonald on the second.

Marg Colebourne and Anne Witters will decide the Hutchinson Cup women’s matchplay title.

Colebourne ousted Gay Young 2 and 1 in the semifinals on Tuesday while Witters went three extra holes before getting past Jan Utting.

Phil Wauchop was the runaway top qualifier in the Reynolds Cup and associated cups medal round on Saturday.

Wauchop carded 100-37-63, including a front nine holes of 44, to be five shots clear of second qualifier John Vaughan.

Lee “Pikey” Hewson made a rare excursion into sub-80 territory to win the division 2 men’s stableford on Sunday with 79-16-63, for 45 points.

Meanwhile, fellow Sunday School member Garth Marchbank’s 77-14-63 was his best round since a 77 in January of 2013.

Marchbank and four-ball partner Allan White were 6-up on Peter Anderson and Paul Rickard at the turn, thanks singlehandedly to Marchbank’s 36 off the stick.

Anderson’s 2-under 70-2-68, for 40 points, wasn’t good enough. He consoled himself with third place in the division 1 stableford behind Dave Pirimona (41pts) on countback from Ken White.

Wednesday — Women’s count 9 pairs stableford: S Spence/L Shepherd 41.

Tuesday — Hutchinson Cup semifinals: M Colebourne def G Young, A Witters def J Utting on the 21st.

Women’s stableford: M Allan 41.

Irish net: J MacKinnon.

SUNDAY — Men’s stableford, division 1: D Pirimona 41, K White 41, P Anderson 40, B Morgan 39.

Division 2: L Hewson 45, C Simpson 43, R Johnstone 40, M Barker 39.

Twos: D Pirimona, B Brown, K White, B Morgan.

Approach: K White.

SATURDAY — Men’s net medal, division 1: G Morley 39, M Jefferson 35.

Division 2: P Wauchop 45, J Vaughan 40, J McGregor 35.

Twos: P Butler.

Approach: A Hayward.

THURSDAY (March 9) — Men’s stableford, division 1: J Vaughan 38, T Sweeney 37, J Osborne 36, B Payne 36.

Division 2: R Owen 38, R Skuse 37, S Willock 37.

Approach: J Vaughan.

The Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust Charity Golf Tournament is at Poverty Bay tomorrow. Report at 12 noon for a 12.30 shotgun start. The draw is — No.1 tee: Old Colonial Catering, Eastland Community Trust.

No.2: Graham and Dobson, You’d Better Believe It.

No.3: Hihi Wines.

No.4: Nolans.

No.5: Gisborne Financial Services 1 and 2.

No.6: The Girs, The Four of Us.

No.7: Gisborne Metal Recyclers.

No.8: Westpac, MTF.

No.9: PGG Wrightsons, Fruitfed.

No.10: Cedenco, Draggnet.

No.11: Gary Bates, BDO.

No.12: Bauldie’s Bandits, BMS.

No.17: Juken Nissho.

No.18: Williams Bros, Pihitia Station.

Late entries will be accepted. Email Kerry@expresspr.co.nz

The first round of the Reynolds and associated cups men’s matchplay is on SATURDAY. The draw is (all from No.1 tee) — Low Bros Cup, 11.45am: A Hayward v N Udy, M Smith v J Rouse. 11.52: B Read v R Young, M Stewart v P Butler.

Willock Cup, 12 noon: N Mackie v V Richardson, A Kirkpatrick v B Payne. 12.07: D Griffin v A Destry, S Palmer v C Poole.

Reynolds Cup, 12.15: P Wauchop v B Rothschild, N West v M Jefferson. 12.22: G Morley v J McGregor, J Vaughan v C Dean.

COMING UP: WEDNESDAYS, twilight nine-hole stableford; TOMORROW, Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust fundraiser; SATURDAY, Reynolds and associated cups men’s matchplay, round 1; TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY, March 21-22, Poverty Bay women’s open, course closed

Tolaga Bay

THE Queen of the Coast will be crowned at Tolaga Bay on Saturday.

The annual women’s open tournament tees off at 10am and this year’s edition will also feature round 2 of the Poverty Bay women’s pennants.

Mark Watts won the stableford on Sunday with 39 points.

SUNDAY — Stableford: M Watts 39, B Elkington 38, W Robinson 35, J Hale 34, P Stevenson 33.

FRIDAY — Twilight stableford: P Stevenson 19, C O’Sullivan 17, R Mackey 16.

COMING UP: SATURDAY, Queen of the Coast women’s open and round 2 of Poverty Bay women’s pennants, 10am tee-off; SUNDAY, course closed, meeting scheduled for Sunday is postponed to SUNDAY, March 26.

Mahia

HUSBAND and wife Peter and Jill Smyth were in winning form in their respective competitions. Jill won the women’s LGU 1 with 73 while Peter won the men’s Aces 1 net with 69 and also topped the Bluck Putting.

SUNDAY — Ladies LGU 1: J Smyth 99-26-73, L Steel 74.

Putting button: L Steel 28 putts.

Men’s Aces 1, net: P Smyth 69, B Crowley 71, T Hema 72.

Bluck putting: P Smyth 24 putts.

Patutahi

IT was not as brilliant as the previous weekend but Wayne Baty produced the winning goods again on Sunday.

Fresh from a personal-best 71, Baty won the men’s net with 75-11-64.

Denise Johnston topped the women’s net with 84-13-71.

Gerry Maude continued the trend of a big points haul taking the honours in the Wednesday meat pack nine-hole stableford last week — 25 got him the main prize.

TUESDAY — Women’s net: L Haisman 99-24-75, M Alley 98-20-78, P Sutton 104-26-78.

SUNDAY — Men’s net: W Baty 75-11-64, H Robin 79-12-67, Sel Pohatu 76-9-67, P Johnston 86-16-70, G Brown 78-8-70.

Women’s net: D Johnston 84-13-71, H Pomana 87-12-75.

FRIDAY — Meat pack nine-hole stableford: G Maude 25, T Green 24, S Pohatu 22, T Brodie 22, P Summersby 20.

Style and grace immortalised

THERE will be something missing that cannot be replaced when the Lucy May-Bays Bronze women’s representative golf fixture is played at the Poverty Bay course in May.

Noeleen Grace won’t be there.

The Gisborne Park and former Patutahi member died peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday after a short illness.

Her contribution to golf as a player, admnistrator and personality was substantial.

She was a permanent fixture for the Northern zone and Poverty Bay representative teams over many years. And she forged an impressive record of success.

Teammates will remember the 2010 Lucy May at Bridge Pa in Hastings when Noeleen and foursomes partner Jean Foot battled rain, wind and fading light to secure a matchplay half and a 12½-11½ team win.

But that was Noeleen to a tee. An accomplished squash player before golf became her No.1 sport, Noeleen loved to win — a determination that reaped an astonishing number of successes.

Her name is immortalised on a plethora of cups at Gisborne Park and Patutahi. Open wins, individual honours, women’s pairs, mixed pairs, team trophies . . . the list goes on.

Among the highlights would be the intermediate women’s club championship crown in 2015.

After years of trying and several runner-up finishes, Noeleen finally got her name on the club championship board, and it was made extra special by close mates Blanche Walker (senior) and Mihi Marino (junior) also winning that year.

“I can now retire,” Noeleen proclaimed.

She didn’t. A couple of months later she went out and shot a personal best 80-19-61 — a milestone she described as “a lovely feeling” and “unreal”.

The 2014 Benson Cup women’s pairs matchplay title she won alongside Walker would have rated highly on her list, along with the four Cini Hapi Salver second group wins at the Park open, and, of course, a couple of holes-in-one.

Another special achievement came in 2005 at Patutahi when Noeleen won the McKeague Cup women’s matchplay title and husband Ray the Te Kani Pere men’s equivalent on the same day.

The Graces have been prolific supporters of club events and more often than not went home with prizes.

For the past couple of years Noeleen and Ann Ward were Northern zone representatives for Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay women’s golf. Noeleen was to take over from Ann as the “lead” rep but became ill.

Ann joked that Noeleen “definitely had her opinions” and that she enjoyed their “tit-for-tats” over a cup of tea.

“She will be missed terribly.”

Noeleen’s last official round of golf was on November 27.

She was farewelled and her life celebrated at a service on Wednesday.

The chapel was packed and she was given a golfing guard of honour send-off.

The golf community extends its deepest condolences to the Grace whanau.

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